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MANILA, Philippines—“I feel like I’m inside a very different airport,” President Benigno Aquino III said, admiring the results of the renovation of Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). Reporters asked: Would the changes take Naia Terminal 1 down from the top of the list of the world’s worst airports? Mr. Aquino laughed. “Well, […]
He may have to deal with a powerful typhoon as it rages toward Luzon but it is Holy Week and count on President Benigno Aquino III to spend a few moments of “quiet time” praying—not just for those threatened by the howler but also those who hate him. Mr. Aquino expects to be in Metro […]
Joel M. Pielago would often be told, “Bulaan ka! (You are a liar),” each time he pays the discounted student’s fare in public utility vehicles. The good-natured Pielago would never protest, and would simply show his student ID from Lucena City’s Quezon National High School (QNHS), the Philippines’ second largest secondary school. He knew it […]
Why do Jesus and his disciples seem to have only bread and wine in the Last Supper stories in the gospels? For Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, answering the question may need more than biblical exegesis. According to him, it also requires imagination. “Imagination allows us to read the lines and supply the gaps […]
Keeping foreign and Filipino tourists safe as they travel to the provinces for the weekend when Typhoon “Chedeng” (international name: Maysak) makes landfall in Luzon is the biggest challenge for authorities, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday. “The challenge is that many of our people are going home in […]
Why does China seem to be in a hurry to build up reefs in the West Philippine Sea into artificial islands? So that by the time the international tribunal rules on the Philippine challenge to China’s fantastic “nine-dash line,” it shall have put its military forces and facilities in place. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del […]
They used to be called “spiritual retreats”—communal gatherings governed by silence and led by retreat masters who offer personal reflections aimed at stimulating a review of one’s inner life. When I was young, I slept through most of them, finding little in them that was worth keeping. The intensification of guilt was what they seemed […]
Every day since November last year, the members of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) and their paralegal team must have been on a “via dolorosa” as they began “the table-top evaluation” of all claims for reparation and recognition that victims had filed since May to November 2014. Going through tens of thousands of […]
That means: First, do no harm. In last week’s column I suggested that it’s not too late. President Benigno Aquino III has lost wide public support, and it could be permanent—unless he takes some positive steps that go beyond platitudes and promises. Action is what others and I have long argued for, but have not […]
What came to be known as the “Pope Francis effect” seems such a quaint and far-off notion now. Yet it was only in January, or barely eight weeks ago, that Filipinos were in full rapture mode with the visit to the Philippines of the popular Pontiff of the Catholic Church. It didn’t feel like a […]
The Philippine economy will be Southeast Asia’s growth leader this year on the back of more aggressive government spending, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Consumption is also expected to stay strong, thanks to cheap fuel, which leaves more cash in people’s pockets that can be used to pay for other items. At the […]
When, as early as October last year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (aka BSP) announced that it would force banks to raise the cost of their real estate lending, everybody figured that the BSP was stepping on the brakes in property-related financing. In no time at all, the BSP ruled that banks could only give […]
MANILA, Philippines—Local banks have been reminded to not get caught up in competitive fervor by sending prohibited spam text messages to the public. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in a memorandum this week reminded banks that sending unsolicited messages to clients had been deemed a crime since 2012. The reminder for banks was prompted […]
Despite warnings from sugar millers that additional taxes and their respective documentation requirements could lead to a supply shortage, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will proceed with the collection of advance tax payments on sugar. Under Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 6-2015 signed by Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares and Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, the […]
BANK funds exposed to the real estate sector rose by more than a fifth last year, outpacing the growth in loans of all types, despite regulatory restrictions on the flow of liquidity to avoid fueling an asset bubble in the industry. Documents from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that the banking sector’s exposure […]
Manny Pacquiao was light on his feet and ultra-quick with his fists during sparring session Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. He was happy and inspired by the expression of support from “The Greatest.” Thoroughly motivated for his megabuck bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, Pacquiao got an additional […]
Purefoods used a huge, early lead as buffer in holding off Talk ‘N Text Wednesday night, 100-94, to draw first blood in their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Denzel Bowles was the reason for the hot start by the defending champion Star Hotshots, shooting 29 of his […]
So where were Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as preparation for the so-called fight of the century entered its final month? As in the contrasting manner of their training, the rivals were in two diverse points. Mayweather was in his corner, quietly claiming he has achieved desired form ahead of the May 2 bout. […]
When Miguel Cotto lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2012, the Puerto Rican icon cited the unbeaten American’s foot speed as his major problem. Against Manny Pacquiao, however, Mayweather may find himself being beaten in his own game. That’s according to seven-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach, who’ll man Pacquiao’s corner when the Filipino […]
Playing a new system aimed at maximizing its strengths, the Philippines pushed Bahrain to the limit before dropping a 2-1 decision Monday night in a friendly at Bahrain National Stadium here.
Food and music help forge stronger ties between the Philippines and Italy.
In 5 minutes, food substitute Soylent makes my stomach settle like I’ve eaten a full meal.
These two variants rule the kitchen of chef Vicky Pacheco.
ErgoHome offers space-saving solutions through multifunctional furniture.
Schoolgirls were promising their parents good grades or best behavior in exchange.
NEW YORK—When I told my brother Gerard that I would be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center in Washington for another installment of “Do You Hear the People Sing,” his reaction was that of measured excitement. What he said was, “Super duper orchestra.” When I said that Steven Reineke would be conducting […]
NAGA CITY—The famous eyes turned misty as she looked out the hotel window. “Ay, memories,” Nora Aunor replied when asked what went through her mind upon seeing the stage at Plaza Quezon where she competed in the amateur singing contest “Liberty Big Show” as a wee kid, and won. “My dress was old and worn,” […]
The Facebook (FB) friends of singer Joey Albert were stunned by a message posted on her page on March 26. “On Jan. 28, 2015, Joey’s medical tests confirmed that her colon cancer had recurred. Please join us, her Facebook administrative team, in praying for her successful surgery on March 27. Let’s claim another victory over […]
(Part Two) Aside from Holy Wednesday, it also happens to be April Fool’s Day. Is this just coincidence? Perhaps it’s a subtle Lenten reminder that we must reflect on our follies so we may become improved versions of ourselves by Easter Sunday. Introspective mode “on.” Even celebrities take a breather so that they may pay […]
MARIMER Hamilton, Cesar Montano’s sister (Ate Ched), sent me a formal letter in reaction to my recent column about Sunshine Cruz. Holy Week is the perfect time to make amends. I really wish Buboy and Shine could get to the point where friendship will make forgiveness easy. For whatever they have shared is worth, may […]